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June 24, 2011
Refurbished basketball court to open in Toronto's St. James Town
Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) together with representatives of the Toronto Community Foundation, MLSE Team Up Foundation and Toronto Community Housing will join members of the St. James Town community to officially open a refurbished outdoor basketball court. The basketball court refurbishment is a Recipe for Community Program initiative in the neighbourhood.

Date: Saturday, June 25
Time: Remarks: 10 a.m., followed by the basketball tournament
Location: Outdoor basketball court on north side of 375 Bleecker St.

As part of the opening of the basketball court, the MLSE Team Up Foundation will host a celebration event. Residents from the St. James Town community are invited to cheer on local youth as they participate in a free three-on-three basketball tournament that will begin at 10:30 a.m. and run to about 3 p.m.

The Recipe for Community Program is dedicated to community building - supporting the development of safe, vibrant, prosperous neighborhoods. It features resident-inspired projects to strengthen the community's sense of belonging and pride and to build skills and capacity. Projects focus on neighbourhood greening and beautification, community gathering, food and nutrition and youth engagement.

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Community Foundation are leading Recipe for Community in St. James Town, in collaboration with Toronto Community Housing and the MLSE Team Up Foundation.

Recipe for Community was initiated following the 2008 release of the Toronto Community Foundation's Vital Signs report, which identified a low sense of belonging as an issue in the city. In 2009, the Recipe for Community Program made its successful debut in Toronto Community Housing's Alexandra Park community (Ward 20 Trinity Spadina).

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Deborah Blackstone
City of Toronto
416 392-7377

Kyle Rooks
Toronto Community Housing
416 688-8277



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